Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO BOTHELL WASHINGTON

Currently in Bothell WA (Low 54 Mostly Cloudy with Sprinkles Sun High 76)

Yesterday we left the beautiful Harmony Lakeside RV Park in Silver Creek Washington and headed to Bothell Washington and the Lake Pleasant RV Park.

It was approximately 145 miles, here is the route we took.


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While here we plan to visit the Mukilteo Washington area and eat some great clam chowder. Last night after setting up Bob went to an Ivar's Seafood Bar that is real close to our park and got some clam chowder and fish and chips. Have to say that this clam chowder and also the fish and chips are our all time favorites. Here is a photo of a Seafood Bar from their website.




Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, July 21, 2014

A DIFFERENT KIND OF DEAD ZONE

Currently in Silver Creek WA (Low 49 Partly Sunny Currently 54)
Heading to Bothell WA (Currently Cloudy 59 Times of Clouds and Sun High 74)

No, we are not in another cellular dead zone, we are talking about a sports dead zone. This week is the beginning of the end of a long dry spell for us sports wise as the NFL training camps are kicking off. It won't be long until we will have pro football games to watch and we both like the NFL.

We have limited interest in what is offered sports wise after March Madness is over. Here are our views of the sports in the dead zone.

Baseball; We used to really like baseball, even went to Comiskey Park before it was tore down, but one players strike too many soured us. Compared to other sports the season is too long and the "best of" playoffs can't compete with the lose and go home of the NFL playoffs and March Madness. We are getting a little more interested now that we are going to Spring Training games in Arizona.




NBA; for someone who likes college basketball the NBA seems natural but again too long of a season and "best of" playoffs. Plus it only seems to matter during the playoffs.




Auto racing; although we like NASCAR in general it is not something that we have to watch each weekend. We have a little more interest when the race is in Phoenix while we are in the area because we get a little swept up in the excitement.




Tennis; we occasionally will watch tennis but again it is not something that we have to watch each weekend.




Golf; we agree with Mark Twain in that "golf is a waste of a good walk" and with Bill Cosby who said that when he hits the ball he wants somebody else to chase it. Watching golf is worse, here is an example, where is the golf ball?




Soccer; futbol, enough said :-)


When the NFL is in full swing and college football season is also happening it is great for both of us but especially Bob. Then there is a brief period where college basketball is starting up and you have all three it is pretty special. But the top for Bob is probably March Madness, NCAA Basketball Tournament time. Thankfully this dead zone is about over.

Today, Lord willing and the slideout comes in, we are heading to Bothell Washington.

We will end with a picture of our Cameo at Rifle Gap State Park while we were in a cellular dead zone in Colorado just because we have to show scenery don't we :-)




Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, July 19, 2014

MOUNT ST. HELENS NATIONAL VOLCANIC MONUMENT

Currently in Silver Creek WA (Low 50 Clouds and Sun possible Rain High 77) 

Yesterday we drove to Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and it blew us away :-)

From Wikipedia, "Mount St. Helens is most notorious for its catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980. It is the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States. Fifty-seven people were killed; 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles of railways, and 185 miles of highway were destroyed. A massive landslide triggered by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale caused an eruption that reduced the elevation of the mountain's summit from 9,677 ft to 8,365 ft, replacing it with a 1 mile wide horseshoe-shaped crater. We drove to the Johnston Ridge Observatory, part of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument that was created to preserve the volcano and allow for its aftermath to be scientifically studied.

The observatory has a great film and a lot of exhibits. It was eerie in that some of the people interviewed for the videos showing outside of the film did not survive. A before and after photo is illuminating, this is posted near the observatory.



Here is our first glimpse as we drove in.



Further along the drive in.



A closeup showing the crater.



We like this one because Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier are in the same photo, although you might have to click the photo to enlarge and look carefully on the left side of the photo.



Here we are with Mount St. Helens in the background.



The view from the observatory is incredible. What is really neat is that when the film ends they raise the curtains and from your seats you get this view.



There is a tree killed by the eruption.



A final look before we leave.



We really enjoyed this part of the trip but our day was not complete. We stopped and had a late lunch at Patty's Place at 19 Mile House. 



Always seems like everybody has great flowers around here. Liked the dead tree, no doubt from the eruption, used as a planter.



Known for their elk burgers and chicken and dumplings that is we ordered and they both were very good. Patty's offers river view dining and this was our view while enjoying our meal. 



Patty's is also know for cobbler so we had to try a couple of those; strawberry rhubard and mountain berry. Not really a cobbler like we know them from the midwest, this was a very good filling with a sugary biscuit on top. An excellent dessert but not cobbler in our minds.

By now it was getting to be a fairly long day so we headed back to the RV park to relax.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, July 18, 2014

MT. RAINIER NATIONAL PARK - NARADA FALLS

Currently in Silver Creek WA (Low 50 Partly Sunny High 74) 

While in Mt. Rainier National Park we saw Narada Falls. Here is the stream leading into the falls.





The stream passes under the trail that you are on and then plunges down 168 feet. In the distance you can see the trail you walk down to the bottom of the falls.




Here is the falls from the side at the top.




Walking down a trail to the bottom of the falls.




Further along the trail.




At the bottom, notice the rainbow at the bottom.




We do like our National Parks and a waterfall is an added bonus, there is just something wonderful about water.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, July 17, 2014

MT. RAINIER NATIONAL PARK

Currently in Silver Creek WA (Low 52 Sunshine but Cooler High 77) 

Yesterday we headed to Mt. Rainier National Park after a good breakfast at Cody Cafe in Morton. This is the first glimpse that we were able to take a photo.



As we were getting closer.



The surrounding area is pretty cool too.





Our best shot.



We also got some great shots of Narada Falls which you will see tomorrow. 

We are in a good location close to both Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens, which we plan to visit Friday. Today we have more living in a sticks and bricks activities like haircuts and shopping and of course eating out.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NOT ALL DAYS ARE VACATION

Currently in Silver Creek WA (Low 53 Foggy Early then Sunny High 85) 

We saw this cartoon recently and really liked it.



Living fulltime in an RV isn't always a vacation. Yesterday was a day just like we were living in our old sticks and bricks place. We cleaned house, did laundry, ran the dishwasher, took showers, etc. Just like in a home we have a lot of these type days. We did find time to go into nearby Mossyrock and have a great burger at the Pioneer Bar and Grill. Anyone who likes burgers should try this place.

We then went back and walked around the park. Here is our Cameo in our site.



Even with all the trees we got a good spot for our satellite dish.



Looking right from out site.



Looking left.



Just a few steps from our front door and this is the view of the hillside garden looking towards Mayfield Lake.



Only the St. John Worts and this hydrangea were in bloom.



More from the garden.



A 100 year old rhododendron.



Walking down the steps into the hillside garden and looking back up you can see our Cameo.



The view of the lake from above.




Steps take you down to the docks.




This is a beautiful park. Today we plan to be on vacation and go to Mt. Rainier, hopefully it will be cooler there.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO SILVER CREEK WASHINGTON

Silver Creek WA (Low 55 Foggy in the Morning then Mostly Sunny High 87) 

We left Long Beach Washington yesterday and headed to Silver Creek Washington. It was approximately 130 miles, the route we took is shown below and we crossed the Astoria Bridge again and went through Oregon on the way to Silver Creek.



While in Silver Creek we plan on visiting Mt. Rainier. 




Not sure if we are looking forward to the heat that is forecast for Silver Creek but seeing the sun more than 4 hours in a week will be nice. We are staying at Harmony Lakeside RV Park on Mayfield Lake and it is gorgeous. We will have more pictures later.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, July 14, 2014

WE DROVE ON THE BEACH (KINDA)

Currently in Long Beach WA (Low 50 Cloudy Currently 53)
Heading to Silver Creek WA (Currently 60 Mostly Sunny High 88)

We kinda drove on the beach yesterday. We were in Ocean Park having lunch and shopping at Jack's Country store and we couldn't resist seeing the beach and ocean once more. We ate at Full Circle Cafe and it was very good. May have been Jo's favorite chowder that we split along with a crustless crab quiche. Wish we had found this place earlier. We got some great desserts to go and a quart of clam chowder for tonight. After lunch we drove to the beach and then onto the beach. In this photo you can see the top of the mirror from our truck.



We kinda drove on the beach because for a good portion of your drive towards the ocean the sand is embedded with rocks. We didn't think that dually tires would do well on just sand so we didn't venture to far off of the rock crusted path, but hey, we drove on the beach!

As you know we travel the country and live fulltime in our RV with 3 cats. Our cats really like the view of the evergreens and birds out our back window here at Andersen's RV Park. Here are Sandra and Tiger enjoying the view.



That view can get tiring, here are all three resting after.



Today we "plan" to leave Long Beach and head to Silver Creek Washington, Lord willing and the slideout comes in.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo